Research Poster

Research Poster



Assignment 5

Digital Research Poster 15%


Due date:        8th June, 2021 by 23:59


Task:              Preparing a Digital poster for the Research Based Argument paper submitted

for Assignment 4 (saved and submitted as a PDF)


The goal of this assignment is to prepare an organized and attractive presentation of your Research Based Argument Paper through a poster. Posters should be self-explanatory and readable within about five minutes. They should include the main arguments of your paper in a way that makes it easy for the reader to follow, understand, and remember.


Your poster should be based on the following guidelines.



A.     Poster Content (What information are you going to include on the digital poster?)

1. Title


At the top of your poster you should have a title that is both short and very descriptive of your project. The title should be easily readable at a distance of about 4–5 feet away.


2. Name Affiliation


Directly under the title, you should have your names and your university`s name. The name and affiliation section is usually about 20-30% smaller than the title.


3. The body of the poster:


a. Abstract: Your abstract should be one paragraph. The abstract should include a summary of your paper. (Do not copy the exact abstract from your assignment. It can be 2-3 sentences summarizing your paper with some keywords).


b. Introduction: The purpose of the introduction is to present the main idea explored in your argument-based research paper and to place it in the context of current knowledge about the topic. The introduction should convince the reader of the significance of your work. Be brief, but include the important points to be sure the reader sees the relevance of your work.


c. Body Paragraphs: In this section you should describe your arguments in separate body paragraphs by presenting details/examples/evidence based on your research to support your arguments. This part should include the counter argument and its refutation through which you will let the reader understand why your points are valid and how effectively you can refute them with research-based evidence.


d. Conclusion: The purpose of this section is to summarize the information presented throughout your paper. Report your important assumptions here. Be consistent in your point of view by restating your major arguments.


f. References: In this section include the articles cited in the text. Cite all your references in the text and list them in the references section by using APA style.


4. Graphics, Tables, Photos and Others


Your illustrations, tables, figures, photographs, and diagrams need to have unique identification numbers. In the text, use the numbers to refer to specific graphics or pictures. All the images need to be visible and related to the topic.


5. Sample Layouts


There are endless ways to put a poster together. Try to create a strong visual but avoid making the poster look crowded. It is important to provide some indication of the flow of the poster (top to bottom, left to right). Some posters have numbered sections (units) to indicate the reading order. See the samples provided by your instructor on your Moodle page.



B.     Poster Design

1. Layout 


The layout of your poster should be both visually appealing and easy to follow. Like other types of academic writing, the poster should be well organized with clear headings and subheadings. Depending on your content, you might choose to structure your poster in a variety of ways.


2. Balance


The best academic posters are well balanced. This means arranging text and images in such a way that both elements are balanced across the poster. Placing illustrations throughout the poster breaks the text up into easily readable chunks and allows for smoother flow.

Ensure that the poster is not cluttered. Use blank space strategically. Remember that blank space serves to make text easier to read, allowing the reader to pause and take note.


3. Effective use of Text


a.     Total text should be between 300-800 words and should be to the point.

b.     Try to avoid font sizes below 24 which will force the reader to stand very close.

c.     Be consistent with style. You should use a maximum of 2 fonts per poster.

d.     Try to use italics, underlining and CAPITALS sparingly.

e.     Group text according to subject matter but don’t make paragraphs too long. Break up large paragraphs. Bullet points can be used to define simple statements.

f.      The clarity of text can be improved by using increased line spacing.

g.     Left justify the text.

h.     Set headings in BOLD and make them concise.



4. Using Graphs and Images


a.     For numerical data: use charts and graphs rather than tables as these can be more effective for illustrating data trends.

b.     For charts and graphs: format them effectively by keeping them simple, enlarging text and thickening lines. 3D graphs can be confusing, 2D are often clearest.

c.     For images: try to use a high-resolution JPEG (.jpg) with a resolution of at least 300 pixels per sq. inch for sharpness (images copied from the internet are usually 72 pixels!).


5. Using Color


a.     Ensure that it does not obscure or detract from the text and images used in the body of the poster.

b.     Use subtle background colors and black for small text.

c.     Try not to use too many colors or colors which clash as this can be visually distracting.

d.     When printing the poster ensure that colors do not fade or run.





Only 1 member from each group is going to submit the assignment.

The poster should be saved and submitted as a PDF document.






Average (5-6)


Very Good

Required Elements

The poster follows the guidelines and includes all required elements (e.g., abstract, introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion, references)



The poster follows the guidelines. Some of the elements are missing (max. 1-2 elements can be missing).




All graphics/images/visuals are all in focus and the content is easily viewed and identified from 2 m away. All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand. There is a good balance between images and text. All borrowed graphics have a source citation.



Visual appeal is adequate. Some graphics/images/visuals are inconsistent/somewhat cluttered/colors and patterns detract from readability.

Some graphics are not related to the topic and there is not a good balance between all the images and texts. Some borrowed graphics are missing a source citation (max. 1-2 elements can be missing).




Poster contains appropriate items and information (information is appropriate to assigned topic).

Content is accurate and all the required information is presented in a logical order. All items of importance on the poster are

clearly labelled. Labels are appropriate and effective.



Content is accurate but some required information is missing and /or not presented in a logical order, making it difficult to follow.




The poster is attractive

in terms of design, layout, and neatness. Images, pictures, clip art and drawn artwork are colorful, and appropriate to the topic. Layout flows well, shows creativity, is pleasing to the eye.



Overall, the poster is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness. In some parts the images, pictures, clip arts are not adequately presented. Layout arrangement is somewhat confusing.



Use of Language and APA Style

There are no grammatical and mechanical mistakes on the poster. APA is used correctly.



No more than 5 spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.

Some of the citations are included. Citation style is inconsistent and inaccurate in some parts.




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